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Banh Mi House in DTX

MC Slim JB Jan 10, 2013 11:23 AM

Finally got by this little stand in the Winter Street Arcade (where, incidentally, the original Falafel King is still operating, despite its fancy new storefront a few blocks away on Washington St). Seven banh mi options (nice), priced $3.99-$4.45, including what the owner told me is the most popular, crispy pork.

I don't think I've seen this particular protein before (it's basically a chicharron-like skin-fat-meat cut) in a banh mi, so tried that first. Very good: decent if not great roll, plenty of fresh cilantro, fresh sliced jalapenos (the other "spicy" option being sriracha), allegedly housemade mayo, daikon and carrot pickles, cucumber, sauteed scallions (didn't much notice this novel ingredient in there), and Maggi. Nice crispness to the pork rind.

They also do fresh rolls, seaweed salad, miso soup, bubble tea, and Vietnamese iced coffee, though the latter was gone by the time I visited late in the lunch cycle.

Chinatown is closer to work for me (based on a very recent visit, I can report that Mei Sum's pork charcuterie banh mi is as terrific as ever, the Globe's off-kilter roundup notwithstanding), so I can't imagine getting back here a lot, but it's a worthy addition to the growing banh mi selection around town. I think I'll try their meatball next time, which I assume will be in the "juicy" style (crushed into a Sloppy-Joe-like spread).

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  1. Pia Oct 24, 2013 06:20 PM

    I went there once. I asked for BBQ pork. What I got might have been cured pork? The meat was extremely salty and a little slimy. I couldn't finish the sandwich and ended up throwing most of it away. I'll never go back.

    1. BobB Oct 24, 2013 12:36 PM

      How does their banh mi compare to the ones at Pho Viet in the Super 88 food court?

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      1. re: BobB
        MC Slim JB Oct 24, 2013 12:54 PM

        Pho Viet is still my favorite. BMH is good, and gets points for some novel fillings and convenience to DTX.

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        devilham Oct 24, 2013 10:19 AM

        I just had the crispy pork as well, very tasty, MC's right that it's a bit pricey for bahn mi, but it's still a damn cheap sandwich at $5.50, and it was probably my favorite flavored bahn mi to date. My pork wasn't as crispy as I had hoped, but it was nice and meaty (I suspect pork belly, and I just got a meaty bit, as can happen), and the flavor (especially the maggi) was strong and good. I will be coming back for sure.

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          nsenada Oct 25, 2013 09:24 AM

          Just had that same non-crispy crispy pork - really good stuff, definitely belly. They have upped the spiceness ante a little, as I ordered "hot" and got a whole jalapeno cut in quarters lengthwise, with seeds.

        2. MeffaBabe Oct 23, 2013 01:43 PM

          My favorite Bahn Mi is the 163 on Harrison Ave. I also like the dipping sauce for their pot stickers (fried dumplings) better than the Dumpling King on Beach St... I do however buy the frozen dumplings at the Dumpling King to make at home.

          1. Alcachofa Oct 23, 2013 10:50 AM

            I just got a sandwich from Banh Mi House and was really impressed. Though it is a little pricier, I liked it a little better than Mei Sum. (And it is FAR superior to Bon Me, for less.)

            I got the BBQ Pork, which was a special today. Very good flavor, with fresh fresh toppings and great bread as well. The bread was definitely at least on par with Mei Sum's bread--maybe they've got a new supplier since JB's review. The "housemade mayo" added nicely to the sandwich as well.

            Will definitely return, regularly.

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            1. re: Alcachofa
              nsenada Oct 24, 2013 07:50 AM

              Don't know how I missed this initial post - damn, I have to get in there immediately!

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                9lives Oct 24, 2013 11:27 AM

                Just had the bbq pork special. Thx Alcachofa!

                BTW, there is the bbq pork on the "special" board, which is what I had, a reg pork and a crispy pork.

            2. ebone Jan 11, 2013 06:36 AM

              I tried the meatball the one time I went and yes, it was crushed into more of a spread than a ball. I enjoyed it, but I will note that it was the first time I had ever had a meatball banh mi. The roll and all the other ingredients were fresh, which works for me.

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                grant.cook Jan 10, 2013 12:15 PM

                Have you ever tried that Japanese hot dog place in Chinatown? Looked tempting, but haven't had a chance to visit the area lately..

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                  MC Slim JB Jan 10, 2013 12:30 PM

                  I think you must mean Fei Fan Eatery, which is in the arcade next to Gourmet Dumpling House, along with Cafe de Lulu, Avana Sushi and the egg puff stand. Haven't been, but it's on my list.

                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                    devilham Jan 11, 2013 08:14 AM

                    You should try out the dumpling joint in there as well, they sell a lunch special of 10 dumplings, soup and a soda for under $5, it's quite the deal, and very tasty. The lady working the counter (and sometimes a man) are both super friendly too.

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                      tysonmcneely Jan 11, 2013 08:49 AM

                      I've been to Fei Fan a few times. Certainly not the best banh mi, a little light on the proteins, which aren't that great to begin with, but...... it's $2. A steal for that price, and their $2 hotdogs are pretty good too. They give you a half a hotdog cut lengthwise, with different topping combos.

                      Also, I've had their okonomiyaki, which is not bad, but not great, and was like $6.

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                        tysonmcneely Jan 11, 2013 08:50 AM

                        I agree that the dumpling people are very nice, and they make a nice scallion pancake too. But it's hard for me to justify paying for dumplings out of a bag that you can buy at any asian grocer....

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                          devilham Jan 11, 2013 07:00 PM

                          Didn't show up as, but this was in responce to Tysonmcneely...

                          oh, I hear that, but on my lunch break, I don't have a skillet and dipping sauce just available to utilize, so I can rationalize the purchase no problem. They also sell the frozen product too for dirt cheap, FYI

                        2. re: MC Slim JB
                          Alcachofa Jan 11, 2013 11:03 AM

                          It's hard to resist those egg puffs.

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                            lipoff Jan 12, 2013 10:45 PM

                            I like the Fei Fan Eatery for interesting Japanese/Korean toppings on hotdogs. I believe that it's the only "Japadog" like place in Boston. It has very irregular hours, however.

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